GARO ANTREASIAN



Born 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana
Antreasian served as the Technical Director for the Los Angeles based Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Inc. established in 1959 with substantial funding provided by the Ford Foundation. Its founder, June Wayne, opened the facility to bring European master-printers to the United States to train Americans in the processes of lithography. The Tamarind published many manuals and "fact sheets" on the collecting, display, storage and conservation of lithographs. The prestigious facility was also a significant catalyst for the emergence of collaborative workshops on American campuses. In 1970, the Tamarind Lithography Workshop itself was folded into the lithography program at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where Antreasian had taught since 1964. He continued as the Technical Director and Wayne, who still operated a professional print shop in Los Angeles, served as an advisor. The Antreasian lithograph in the UNO collection was partially created in Des Moines, Iowa, where it was proofed as part of a demonstration during an annual print symposium at Drake University. It was then printed and embossed the following week, April 23 to April 27, 1979, during his residency at UNO. Student Dan Devening assisted John Sommers, a master printer at the Tamarind Institute, with the printing using aluminum lithography plates and a Plexiglas matrix for the embossment. Antreasian was pleased with the results.




Untitled 79.4.1
1979; color lithograph, hand coloring and embossing on Black German Etching paper; image: 24 x 20 (60.96 x 50.8), sheet: 24 3/8 x 20 3/8 (60.96 x 50.8); edition of 30